Curtis Samuel Ready for Breakout Year in 2015

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

He produced 1,461 rushing yards (15.8 YPA)

Some people talk about video game stats, I'm pretty sure I couldn't even put up those kinds of stats in NCAA (RIP)

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Brutus865's picture

Needs to work on his vision, that hit he took from Robert Foster in the sugar bowl was brutal.

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TraptnMI's picture

He sure does if thats even possible. Watching Samuel and Wilson on kick returns show that they both don't have great vision. I thought Marshall had much better vision on P/R's until he got lit up repeatedly in the Sugar Bowl, so whether you have it or not, may not be the case and the need to work on vision I'm hoping is possible! Make any sense?  

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mittenst8buck's picture

Best 2 rb combo in the country and best 3 qb combo. I can get used to that.

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Tyler Durden's picture

along with the best returning o-line. Please and thank you.

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Doc's picture

It's almost disgusting to think of the talent on this roster.  Almost.

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elikoob's picture

If I had sufficient helmet stickers I would up-vote this 1,000 times. Imaginary +1

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Defiance's picture

almost is right and its like they say, the rich keep on getting richer. the class of 2014 was just the start. 2015 looks like its on the right track and 2016/17 is just getting started!!

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Mortc15's picture

Are there any position groups on this team that arent considered 1 of the 5 best in the country? 

And to think, before November 8th, this team wasn't considered one of the best 10 teams in the nation. Times change quickly. 

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

WR? I'm not sure how the depth chart shakes out come fall, but as of right now I don't know if we can say with certainty that we have a top 5 WR corps. Replacing Spencer ans Smith will be a challenge early on and we have a few guys that are coming off injury. Aside from Mike Thomas and Corey Smith we don't have many guys who have gotten meaningful reps.

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zbuck's picture

We also have Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall that have started games and received solid game experience. So maybe not top 5 in the nation but probably top 2-3 in the B1G.

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buckeye phi's picture

I see where you're going with that, but technically, the H-backs are obviously more hybrids than strictly wide receivers - so his point was valid.  You're also right though, the experienced 'receiver' cupboard may not be so bare as some might think -

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skherlo's picture

+1 for Jalin Marshall.  He made some great catches in the Sugar Bowl

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iamcbs's picture

Terry McLaurin, Jeff Greene, James Clark, Noah Brown, Johnnie Dixon and K.J. Hill who may be as polished as a freshman as any of them. Greene is 6'5" and a senior, McLaurin and Clark run 4.3 40's and have soft hands and Dixon was in the 2-deep before his injury. The Receiving Corps has gone from being a "Clown Show" to being a "Freak Show"

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Shangheyed's picture

Some real talent there at WR, but don't think there is a 1000 yrd WR in that group, could be the offense we run speading the ball around so much but top WRs get open even if covered.   The competition inside this talented group should find someone, or better yet two, with Thomas and a certain JC transfer added  to the list... maybe Wilson makes a switch to slot?.... indeed promising.

Looking forward to see how they develop and am very curious who comes out as the no. 1 guy.

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

There are a combined 2 receptions for 22 yards between all of those guys you named. The talent seems to be there on paper but that doesn't necessarily mean it will translate to the field. Time will tell all but as of today we cannot say we have a top 5 WR corps. 

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BrutusB's picture

TE - bringing back only Vannett, who had all of 220 yards last year

K - we sent about one kickoff a game out of bounds, and Nuernberger was up and down all year, finishing 13/20 (and only 5/10 from 40+)

P - love the Aussie, but he might not be one of the five best (though to be fair, we punt less than most).  He wasn't one of the three Ray Guy finalists, who are all coming back.

DL - Bosa and Washington mean we'll have one of the best first team units, but we still need to see some depth, so we might not be top five if you're ranking top to bottom.

WR - Agreed with BigtimeBucks.  We only have 2 guys as traditional WRs coming back.  I count Marshall and Wilson as a separate group.

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Sevenandcounting's picture

He wasn't a finalist because he wasn't eligible (correct me if I'm wrong) I don't think he had enough attempts...which if you are a fan of high scoring offenses is a good thing. like over 60% of his punts are inside the opponents 20 yard line...and if his average punt distance isn't that long compared to others its typically because the buckeyes don't stall out on their own 30 yard line. I think he's no doubt one of the best in the country and will without a doubt get an NFL try out/drafted.

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BrutusB's picture

He was eligible, and he was a semi finalist, just didn't make the cut.  JK Scott (who was robbed, and should have won) only had 7 more attempts than Johnston but had 500 more yards.  He might get a tryout one day, but punters dont -and shouldn't- get drafted.

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Sevenandcounting's picture

Thanks for the clarification, and I know that they almost never get drafted only one or two per year usually. Bears took a guy in the 6th round last year. In regards to the difference in yards I judge punters (which could be wrong, but it is how I judge them) on how many times they down the opponent inside the 20 and 10 yard line.

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bee_gee34's picture

Jacksonville took a punter in the 3rd round over Russell Wilson.

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Mortc15's picture

No doubt Scott is a beast, as witnessed in the Sugar Bowl. But as others have mentioned punting isn't only about average. 

If your offense can't move the ball effectively, which with Bama seems boom or bust at times, you have a better chance of a longer average. Osu moves the ball consistently and usually picks up a 1st down or 2. They also had the best starting field position and one of the best defensive starting Field positions. That's a testament to CJ being able to pin them deep. 

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ARMYBUCK's picture

Without a doubt, I would bet my paycheck, barring injury, he will be a punter in the league.

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osu07asu10's picture

Is it going to be another position where our 2nd string is better than the rest of the conference's #1?

I'm thinking so...

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BrutusB's picture

Better than most, but I really like Corey Clement from Wisconsin.  Granted their backs always look good, but I think he's going to be a star.  I think it'll be him and Zeke on the all-conf team by the end of the year.

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FitzBuck's picture

Expect more of this

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216ToThe614's picture

You should watch the video of this with sound, you can hear just how incredible Noah Brown's crack-back block was. Watch for him out wide at the top for the start of the play

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fishleehooker's picture

Wow Noah Brown clobbered his defender, an LB.  Two freshman punishing the Illini.  The future is indeed bright.  

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skherlo's picture

+1, good look

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Maka's picture

Good call...Brown is an absolute thumper.

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TigerSweat's picture

This kid has huge talent for a RB. For a back, field vision is a must-have and Samuel's is excellent... Throw that in with blinding top end speed and an explosive burst. Should be an outstanding counter punch to Zeke.

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lsanders7177's picture

Wow,good eye,I never noticed that.what a crack back!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Fitz - his speed and separation are truly amazing once he hits the open field. If he gets the seem - he's almost unstoppable.  

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joethejester's picture

It seems that when he gets the seam, he is gone.
 

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

Is this the same play that EZE ran 85 yards through the heart of the south on? Opposite direction, of course.

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1MechEng's picture

Not quite. Samuel takes this ball all of the way outside (like a jet sweep) before cutting upfield. Zeke's run had the upfield cut just between the tackle and tight end.

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js2378's picture

I believe it is the same play; Samuel just decided to take it wide. The hole was there for him to cut earlier like Zeke did.

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Dillon G's picture

Independent of 40 times, that is excellent game speed.

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buckeye phi's picture

I know this is intended as a Curtis Samuel highlight - and it certainly qualifies - but the blocking was nearly textbook playbook on that play.  Not just Noah Brown's tremendous crack-back -

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joethejester's picture

I agree, but with one exception. Boren's attempt, was laughable.  If it had been better executed it would have been a penalty for illegal chop block.

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buckeye phi's picture

Good point.  But part of what made it 'textbook' was the fact that he really didn't have anybody to block at that stage of the play -

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js2378's picture

So this play worked earlier in the season too. =)

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

THIS is the play where Noah Brown destroys that Illinois LB. Evan Spencer will be missed, but Brown can bring the wood as well.

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buckzilla1's picture

This play looks familiar, um, Sugar Bowl, 80 yard scamper, turn out the lights. Same crackback only a different hole chosen by a different back. Funny thing is that this is the way the play was designed. Evan Spencer didn't here the audible to motion and stayed put. He found his man and took another with him at the same time. The future is bright. I don't need any shades.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Urbz loves this kid.  I see him getting a bunch of carries early on.  Look out!

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WolverineKiller's picture

Let's not forget that Samuel earned a start one game last season.  It seemed to really light a fire under Zeke as well.

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ToTheHouse's picture

Michael, anybody any news on Bri'onte Dunn ?

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

Competing his ass off with M. Weber for 3rd string.

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

I have to say I'm not ashamed to admit that I was one of those who believed Curtis was possibly the best back on the roster, although I wasn't expecting him to be our #1 as a true freshman. Clearly Zeke is the best RB on the team and maybe the best in the nation, but Curtis has the skill set to be a stud in his own right. He has a second gear most guys only dream of. I don't know how Urban is going to spread the wealth and get everyone touches, there's so many mouths to feed.

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When there are so many mouths to feed, one group in particular suffers: the prey.

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Ronald Mexico's picture

Gosh darn does it feel good to be a Buckeye fan. I'll be dreaming of the start of fall camp, fall weather and fall related activities for the next several months.

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skherlo's picture

+1

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NMKBuckeye02ALM's picture

Zeke and Samuel are going to be scary to face each game.  That does not even mention the other skill players.  There are so many guys on this team that can score each time they touch the ball.  Our offense is going to be better than the last 2 years and that is saying something.  The defense will be even better as well.  I cannot wait to see these guys run all over the place.  It is a bad time to be an opponent of the Buckeyes.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I could see us having 3 1000 yard rushers.  [The OSU QB Position], EzE, and Curtis Samuel could all achieve it.  But only EzE is a lock, I could see 2-3 others being in the 800+ range with several WR/HB's in the 600+ mark as well.  I think Dontre/Marshall and Johnny Dixon will have a lot of yards so it's going to be hard to keep everyone involved.  Teams really aren't going to know what part of the field to defend, we're going to simultaneously hit them everywhere.  Our offense is a hydra with 11 heads.

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BucksLaw2013's picture

There's only so many minutes in a game though. And even less before the backups (/2nd starters) get their chance to eat. I would temper your stat expectations a little. With so much talent, while everyone could  produce those numbers, I'm guessing everyone's share will be reduced some, because of the ridiculous wealth of talent.  Better to get all your talent some touches, and keep them hungry, than to force 2-3 guys, and worry about malcontent. 

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Buckeyedad1016's picture

One thing I have a concern for is Samuels physicality. It seems like every game he was hit and literally rag dolled. The more touches the more I fear we will see of this and eventually it has to wear him down to a point where serious injury chances increase.

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Ronald Mexico's picture

Speaking of Johnny Dixon? Has there been any update on his recover from tendonitis? I feel for the young guy. I've battled tendonitis since I was 13 and I'm in my 30's now. It's an extremely irritating thing to have to deal with.

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buckeye phi's picture

Good question, RM.  I'm curious about him, too -

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iamcbs's picture

DJ wrote an article about a week ago, he says Dixon is fine and will be ready for Spring Ball. He's eager to show what he can do and is thankful to Coach Mick and the Strength staff for making him better.

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That's great news

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I'm kinda sad that Curtis killed himself with that early fumble, because early (and I stress early) there was an argument to be had whether he or zeke was actually the better back.  He was getting a pretty good number of touches until that point.  Had he not fumbled, maybe he would have had some time to prove himself early before Zeke came on strong.  It's not totally outside the realm of possibility that we'd be talking about superstar true freshman who ran roughshod through the CFB playoff masses, instead of Zeke.

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TossTrap's picture

I agree somewhat especially about turnovers limiting his touches. However I think Zeke proved he was the more complete back. And once Zeke found the El Guapo "attitude", the fat lady had sung.

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buckeye phi's picture

Good point.  Plus, at Curtis' size, he may not have held up as well to the beating Zeke' body took with that many carries -

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CC's picture

I seem to remember some other guy from the 90's who fumbled early in his career... let's hope it works out that well for Samuel.

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selmer862's picture

It's easy to forget after Zeke's phenomenal finish to the season, but Curtis won the starting job against Illinois this past season. I thought at the time that maybe Urban was trying to light a fire under Elliott. If he was, it sure worked! But the coaches said at the time that Curtis won it on the strength of his practices. What a one-two punch they make!

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Ronald Mexico's picture

I recall a story on here last season explaining that coach Drayton had approached coach Meyer and suggested that CS be given the start over Zeke that week. He said CS had a phenomenal week of practice and wanted to reward him. Not long after that Zeke started on a tear. At the time I was little worried it might cause some issues, but it didn't that I'm aware of.

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Buckskickbutt's picture

Everyone has their own recollection of what happened haha... I'm almost positive Zeke missed a few classes and that's why Curtis got the start.

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Squirrel Master's picture

lets not forget his growth as a kickoff returner. He was solid but not spectacular there. I expect him to become even more dangerous in that role.

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McGrind's picture

Curtis "Superfly" Samuel... LOVE IT. 

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ohiobobg's picture

3 1000-yard runners next year. Yeah.

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buckeye phi's picture

Curtis Samuel should get more opportunities next season for a variety of reasons.  Some have already mentioned that he's simply going to deserve it - and that we're going to want to keep Zeke fresh.  But also, the offense should be better from the get-go - we should be scoring more early in the season than we did last year. 

We shouldn't experience the same struggles we did early last year with an inexperienced offensive line and quarterback.  Plus, our offensive philosophy evolved somewhat during the year.  With an even more prolific offense, Curtis should get many more carries.

Also, our defense should be getting the ball back to our offense more often next season - especially, early.  Remember, it was the first year in Chris Ash's system last season.  There was a significant adjustment period.  In spite of losing one of our top defensive linemen and our top corner - our defense should be better right off the bat, too -

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mtrotb's picture

Good points except for your comment about us scoring more will lead to more opportunities in return game.  This doesn't make sense.  If we are scoring more then the opportunities in the return game will be for the other team.

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buckeye phi's picture

Of course, you're right.  We'd be the ones kicking-off - and Jalin Marshall returns punts -

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MayContainTreeNuts's picture

Blocking starts with the O-line; those guys get the most credit, and rightfully so. But what really makes this team special is the way the tight ends and receivers block as well. That's how you're able to have a back put up consecutive games of 200+ YPG. With the talent we have in the backfield, it's going to be safe to assume production no matter who is back there. Excited about seeing Curtis becoming more involved moving forward!

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Samuel had a great block on Barrett's first TD run in the Sparty game. You gotta love how we can take Zeke out and put in Samuel and have zero drop off in talent. Would love to see both of them in the backfield at the same time in 2015.

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Sevenandcounting's picture

Curtis, its time to move on up

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BroJim's picture

Lots of faith in Samuel, I think he could be one of the best OSU has ever seen. 

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BenArazi4's picture

Way too good to keep on the bench and Marshall is really good.  I think Marshall is a great slot receiver, so I think he plays there most of the time, Samuel becomes our H-Back, from there the possibilities are endless, motion him out and turn him into a slot receiver, run the QB read/option with Zeke and Cardale or Barrett, if Zeke runs left then Cardale and Samuel go option right if the read isn't there, the possibilities are ridiculous.  And I still think Marcus Baugh if he gets his act together can be one of the better TE's in the country, the kids talent is through the roof but the question is can he get his head out of the roof.  Starting receivers next year will be Thomas, Marshall at slot and Dixon solidifies his spot but McLaurin comes in from time to time to help stretch the safeties.  Corey Smith can be a very good slot guy too.  Just excited to get next season started!

 

 

 

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Squirrel Master's picture

aside from the fact you have completely forgotten about Dontre Wilson as the H-back, Curtis Samuel is a true RB not an H-back. If Marshall moves into the slot, Dontre will be the starting H-back.

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buckeye phi's picture

Good point SM.  Plus, we normally have our two wide receivers spit wide (hence the name - especially, in a spread offense).  Except for the occasions when the tight end lines up in the slot - our H-back normally is the slot receiver.  Am I missing something here?

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Squirrel Master's picture

Well:

X - split end. Typically it was Mike Thomas or Evan Spencer. Thomas actually was going back and forth with X and Z depending on if he was on the field with Spencer or with Devin.

Z - Flanker. Typically it was Devin Smith.

Y - Slot receiver. Typically it was Corey Smith in full spread but usually wasn't on the field due to the TE getting more PT. Isn't used much in the Urban Meyer offense.

H - slot back. Dontre or Jalin who would move all over and sometimes acts as a slot receiver, but does more then just line up in the slot.

those are the 4 possible receiver positions.

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buckeye phi's picture

Exactly.  I believe you made the same point more graphically than I did - with the exception of the Y.  I think we may have used the tight ends in the Y role more often than you're suggesting.  Thanks, though -

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BenArazi4's picture

I disagree, trust me no one was as excited as I was for Ohio State to pick up Wilson, I'm from Dallas and I coach high school here.  I think he had a lot of set backs his sophomore season and he will most definitely get on the field but I really think Samuel wins that position over, Wilson seemed to struggle a bit at times in his sophomore season and it might've been the transition to WR.  Samuel is not a true RB that can take 30 carries a game, he's too small and that will wear on anyone, plus Zeke is our main guy for that.  I think we use him as an H more, on sweeps, options (if we run that) screens, motion him out into the slot position while a LB is on him and Samuel will be running a lot of simple routes out of that position, he's not a between the tackles 30 times a game kind of guy.  While Wilson has a ton of potential, I think Samuel is more polished come season time, he's a bigger and faster version of Wilson and although I don't think he might have the moves Wilson does Samuel will be great and I think if Wilson gets his position down he will be great too.  Either way, Thomas, Marshall, Wilson and Samuel on the field together at the same time along with Zeke will be ridiculous.

 

 

 

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BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

I think this Year U will see a lot of Curtis and Zeke on the field together..He had a great yr for a undersized freshman RB..I believe he will break out with being more comfortable in the offense..The new RB coach will use him like he used Theo Riddick who now plays for the Detroit lions...So excited to see this team..I think Curtis will be used all over the field

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BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

Curtis will see time at H back also

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Gofor2's picture

We'll according to the stats Samuel is only 1 inch taller and 8 lbs heavier than Wilson. But if you ask me he is more like Zeke when it comes to getting him down. Kid plays and runs like he is 6'2" & 225lbs. Only thing between Samuel and stardom is carries. I hope we develop as a team into a more balanced two back team. I would live to see a tandem like Bush & White, Ingram & Richardson, if we had Samuel and Zeke sharing carries equally in every game we would be much better off towards the end of the season. Both in wear and tear, and in development. Samuel is a beast who plays much bigger than he is. Would love to see him every down doing something. Would love to see Mike Thomas and Jonny Dixon at WR too.. That's some speed and size. Thomas has 1st round pick written all over him, I just hope we take full advantage of it. If C. jones is at QB I know we will, cause he has no fear about thrown ing it deep and letting his guy battle for it. Miller and Barrett play it much safer and that hurts us as much as helps when you have WR's like Thomas. We would win those battles more often than not. Damn I wish next season was here.

like I said, we need to start a OSU Mansfeild team so we can get to see all these guys play. Plus beat Michigan twice.

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Thomas                                             TGCGT                                                   MARSHALL

                       SAMUEL                       QB                        WILSON

                                                           ELLIOT

Would love this line up.

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buckeye phi's picture

What do you have against tight ends? 

I understand the desire to see these guys all getting more playing time, but our offense requires a tight end - sometimes two. 

Rotating more guys in to the game may be the better answer -

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Squirrel Master's picture

not to mention the above is the mythical "Diamond formation". Rarely will be seen if ever.

and for some reason many want to put Samuel at the H-back. He is a true running back and is the backup to Zeke. If anything, when they are on the field together, it will be more of a pro formation with two split backs behind and on each side of the QB. But Urban often uses the HB for that role, so Samuel won't be seeing it as often as Jalin or Dontre.

also, that offense above only has one real wideout that can run a route tree. Not very effective having 2 HB and 2 RB with no TE and only one WR.

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BenArazi4's picture

Could technically be a 4 WR set with a tight end if you sub a TE for Zeke.  I think we may see that 4 WR set either with or without Zeke especially on 3rd down and long  situations.  Samuel can easily be a very good guy to put in the slot (if he's got the hands which I think he does).

 

 

 

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Habu71's picture

Love the Superfly reference, I’m now humming several tunes from that soundtrack in my head. “I’m yo momma, I’m yo daddy, I’m that “brutha”  in the alley, I’m yo pusha man”.  I’m expecting Samuel to be a superb 2nd part of a phenomenal 1-2 punch. Opposing defenses will not feel a drop off when one of our RB leaves the game. Behind The Slobs, they will be pounded into submission, taking devastating punch after devastating punch from our rushing game.

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cinserious's picture

Thanks for the 'Superfly' video Micheal, song ended just as i finished reading the article.

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BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

Squirrel U can't say he just a true RB he was recruited as a H back and got stuck at RB because the depth was thin

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Squirrel Master's picture

well now its not because he is the backup RB, which he played all season.

and we have 3 current players who are H backs. The RB position isn't really any stronger then it was last year with Rod Smith now gone and the only addition is a true freshman. So that same lack of depth without Samuel last year is just as thin.

so tell me why would Samuel not be the backup to Zeke and would end up being the starting H back over Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall (who isn't a true WR, so I don't know why everyone wants to move him to WR and Samuel to HB).

FYI, Samuel was recruited as an athlete. He could have played DB or WR or anything. He ended up at RB.

and hit reply to my comment. it helps.

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BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

 it will help the team more to be honest Dontre is more hype than productivity on the field...He's force fed the ball..Curtis is bigger faster and stronger than him.Also has a 40.7 inch vertical as a JR in HS so I can imagine the number now..Who also ran a 4.36 so y not use him at the H back...Yeah he did good at RB that's because he's a naturally gifted good football player..Nobody goes to a school to be use as someone's backup in all respect to zeke (lol he's amazing)...God praying his future if it's the NFL will be as a slot WR not a backup RB

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buckeyeT24's picture

From day one I have been really excited about this kid! Can't wait to see what he does in the years to come!

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dshepster's picture

And talking about speed at WR...can't forget this guy...attended The Opening in Oregon in Summer 2013 and was among the fastest players at the camp, making the three-man final in the 40-yard dash ... outstanding on a track, powered SVSM to the 2013 Ohio State outdoor track and field championship by anchoring victorious 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays and taking second in the 100 ... set personal bests of 10.77 in the 100 and 22.09 in the 200 (meters) during the 2013 outdoor season ...broke Ohio state record in the 60-meter dash at 2014 indoor state championships (6.85)  Parris Campbell

The redshirt freshman are gonna make an impact!

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scarletnortherner's picture

The amazing thing I got out of this is the track times. I read Torrance Gibson ran a 10.6 and 21.5 in the 100 & 200. And he's a QB. 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer

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COACHINO's picture

It's actually a 4 wide set. Marshall reminds me of Jeremy Gallon and he was a pretty good wideout even though he played for the weasels.

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DoubleB's picture

Curtis was a consensus four-star recruit and was listed among the nation’s top 100 prospects by 247Sports (46), Rivals (49) and Scout (60). ESPN had him at 153 because ESPN

This made me chuckle, thanks for the laughs Michael!

Worry is a misuse of imagination.

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puff daddy's picture

There should be lots of opportunities for the young running backs to tote the ball early on. We will definitely protect Z and save him for the important snaps of the season. As the young guys get experience, they should have no complaints with the line in front of them. I think Weber could challenge for carries(If he hangs on to the ball in practice). Does anyone know the status on Dunn? Was really impressed how he got done the field on kickoff coverage. If all bodes well for Samuel he should get his opportunities. As a young back getting reps...the most important thing is hold onto the ball. If he does that I see him into the 600+ yd range. 800 if he breaks off longer runs.

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Mikefletcher24's picture

This guy is a stud. I can't wait to see what he does in his second year. If you watch him closely his quickness inside traffic is amazing. I haven't seen that kind of quick in the hole moves since probably Reggie Bush. As much as I love EZE, I really hope #4 gets a lot of touches this year.fuck Michigan

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BigTom's picture

All i need to know about Samuel is that at one point in this guys true fresh season urban was seriously deciding between he or Zeke.  End of Story.   He is a beast.

This team is going to crush CFB next year and when Zeke, Cardale, Braxton are gone the rest of the nation is going to think theyve caught a break.... and then enter JT and Samuel.

I cannot wait to see Ann Arbor 3 years from now when Harbaugh is staring down the barrel of 0-4.   

Tressel + Urban = Heaven on Earth.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

What a one-two punch at RB along with a mobile QB.  Embarrassment of riches.  Only concern for any position is which WR will replace Devin Smith.  Is there a new Teddy Ginn Jr. prospect in the wings?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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cjkanski's picture

Notice to all Highlight Video makers, "Move On Up" & "Superfly" are the official songs to be used for all Curtis Samuel videos!!

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Gideon2618's picture

This isn't the place for this, but it seemed as close as i could get since i can't post... but how is Johnnie Dixon doing? Kid looked really promising early in the year, caught the season ending bug and I've heard crickets about him ever since.

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Bags5150's picture

See above...there's a post earlier in this thread about Dixon

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

Is having TWO thousand yard running backs next year too much to look for ?

Mark May is a mental midget

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Samuel and Kareem Walker will keep Mike Weber out of the starting line up for his entire time at Ohio State. Look for a transfer up north.

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michbux's picture

What a POS comment. You must have a crystal ball in your mother's basement. Lot of things can happen.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

No crystal ball, 40 years of watching college football. You're right about one thing, Something bad has to happen to Samuel or Walker for Weber to be a starter in the next 4 years. 

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